Christchurch is home to the second oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury, widely respected for its academic excellence in teaching and research. Participants enjoy access to a wide spectrum of course offerings, as the university is highly ranked for civil engineering, education, accounting and history among other disciplines, along with an unbeatable base for exploring some of the world’s most thrilling landscapes, including the South Island’s stunning Southern Alps and majestic Fiordland. Students find it easy to meet similarly-minded explorers in their apartment-style university housing.


Study at the University of Canterbury, a beautiful parklands campus, on New Zealand’s South Island

Choose between a wide variety of optional internships and gain experience in your field of choice

Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or Queenstown (Spring).

Experience living with local and international students in university housing

Live in Christchurch, benefiting from its relaxed lifestyle, the attractions of a city within a small town, and its proximity to all the South Island has to offer

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Christchurch-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments in either Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or in Queenstown (Spring). You can expect an introduction to Maori culture and experience New Zealand’s natural beauty. After this packed four-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.  

Note: Students studying during the Spring semester will have their orientation in Queenstown and students studying during the Fall Semester will have their orientation in Auckland and Rotorua.  


Located just a five-minute walk from lecture theatres and other campus facilities, you will live in furnished on-campus, university housing at Ilam Village. All rooms are singles. Housing is apartment-style, self-catered, shared with five to six other local and international students.  Ilam Village provides extensive green space for recreational purposes, as well as picnic tables and barbeque facilities. The modern apartments offer independent living on campus for first-year through to postgraduate students from throughout New Zealand and the world.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Christchurch Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


About the University of Canterbury

  • Established in 1873, the University of Canterbury is the second oldest university in New Zealand.
  • Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world and third in New Zealand by the QS World University Rankings.
  • The University of Canterbury has an international reputation for academic excellence in teaching and research. The university’s teaching is research-based, so you can expect to be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of knowledge in their discipline.
  • The University of Canterbury School of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited.


The University of Canterbury is located in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses, see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 courses per semester (45-60 Canterbury points), which usually transfers as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter credits. 

Students will enroll approximately one month prior to departure through the University of Canterbury’s online system. Students will finalize their enrollment on-campus during the University of Canterbury International Orientation. 

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Canterbury are divided into five academic divisions: College of Arts; College of Business and Law; College of Engineering; College of Science and the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism Management
 Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Engineering, Chemical and Process
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer
  • Engineering, Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Engineering, Software
  • Engineering, Structural
  • Antarctic Studies
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Change
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Audiology
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology/Exercise Science/Athletic Training/Human Movement
  • Public Health
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies / Language
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Russian Language / Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Art History
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Vocal Performance


Optional Internship

TEAN students have the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship organised by UC’s College of Arts. Students will work with a local New Zealand organisation or business on a special assignment under the supervision of a specific lecturer. Offered as a 15 point class (based on UC’s standard semester load of 60 points), this internship can be completed throughout the semester or during term breaks and will have specific requirements for completion.



  • 2.8 GPA. Students with a 2.7-2.8 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Christchurch-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Rugby Match

It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team or, when available, TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Wildlife Reserve

Spend an afternoon exploring a wildlife park and nature reserve in Christchurch including a Kiwi bird exhibit.

Coffee Breaks

Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.


New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won’t be disappointed or bored!

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 1
Fall Deadline April 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Fall Payment Deadline April 15


Depart the US Feb 11
Arrive in New Zealand Feb 13
TEAN Orientation Feb 13 – 16
University Orientation Feb 17
Classes Begin Feb 20
Semester Break April 1 – 23
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 5 – 9
Exam Period June 12 – 24
Program Ends June 25

Fall 2023

Depart the US TBD
Arrive in New Zealand Early July
TEAN Orientation TBD
Housing Check-In TBD
University Orientation TBD
Classes Begin TBD
Semester Break TBD
Classes End TBD
Study Period TBD
Exam Period TBD
Program Ends Mid Nov

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $15,700
  • University on-campus housing: $5,250

Fall 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: TBD
  • University on-campus housing: TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Local SIM card
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  • Access to pre-arranged flight itineraries and booking agent
  • Extensive pre-departure advising
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival at TEAN Orientation and in host city
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,700)
  • Student visa ($30)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.

We Love Christchurch

Kate Hilby

Associate Director - Enrollment Management

Canterbury TIP
Puaka-James Height Library

The Puaka-James Hight Library is the place to study on UC campus. There are tons of study spaces, beanbags, friendly face-to-face help for those who like a personal touch and various cafes to get your caffeine fix!


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

Allison Ferris

Resident Assistant - Christchurch

Christchurch Tip
Great Cafe

C1 Espresso is a must-do for anyone visiting Christchurch. C1 is a cute eatery near the centre of town that (after 3:00 pm) sends mini burgers flying to your table at 140km/h through tubes above your heads using a crazy pneumatic delivery system. They also have a secret bookcase door to get to the bathrooms, retro arcade game machines and Star Wars-themed toilets. Their food is good and their coffee and fruit juices are spot on.


What are some of the common challenges students have to overcome to study in New Zealand?
Prioritizing why you are here versus all the activities you want to do – there’s so much to see, do and experience in New Zealand but it’s important to keep your focus on your studies as well! For making and maintaining relationships with Kiwis, many students find people here to be very friendly on a surface level but it takes more time to really invest in closer friendships.

Why should a student study abroad in Christchurch for the semester?
Christchurch is the most modern city in New Zealand with heaps of new buildings. It combines the best of a big city (second-biggest in the country) with the natural beauty of surf, ski and mountains. There’s also a very large cafe scene, vegan and vegetarian eateries, pop-up shops and more so there’s always some place new to try out.

Can you share some bucket list items for a semester in Christchurch?
A day at Sumner Beach with a walk up Godley Head and the flower track; Little High Eatery-a modern marketplace with eight different eateries including burgers, sushi and the most amazing milkshakes. Also visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, home to one of the country’s rescue and breeding programs for our most famous bird – the kiwi!

What is a must-see spot students need to visit in New Zealand?
Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, where you can see across the Pacific Ocean to understand just how far you have come and know that all the adventures lie just beneath your feet.

If you were going on a TEAN program leaving tomorrow, where would you go?
I would go to Seoul, South Korea. I used to teach English in Korea and have not been back for a long time. I would love to go during cherry blossom season (spring) to have the fresh vegetables and fruit and enjoy the divine flowers.

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